Geriatrics Fellowship

The Division of Geriatric Medicine offers a challenging and exciting fellowship program.

Program Aims

  1. Train geriatricians who understand key principles of geriatric medicine and the health care system and are able to apply them to achieve a high level of quality of care and patient safety.
    • Faculty supervision and one-on-one teaching (15+ Geriatric Medicine faculty)
    • Local and multi-site fellows’ conferences, mortality conferences, Grand Rounds, intern conferences, oral exam, journal club, health care financing and board preparation
  2. Prepare geriatricians to manage older vulnerable patients with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds:
    • Provide continuity of care across multiple settings
    • Utilize team-based care and community resources to care for sub-populations of older adults
  3. Cultivate future leaders in academic and clinical geriatrics.
    • Participate in innovative delivery models of care
    • Submit an abstract to the annual American Geriatrics Society meeting
    • Complete a Quality Improvement project: UT Southwestern’s Clinical Safety and Effectiveness program
    • Teach students, junior trainees and team members

The fellowship is based in the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and its affiliated hospitals, the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center and Parkland Hospital.

The one-year primary care track program encompasses acute care, ambulatory care, community care, and long-term care. Second-year positions are available for those interested in pursuing academic medicine and/or research careers. Our fellows have the opportunity to serve an across-the-board geriatric population, including the medically underserved and minority communities.

The fellowship, conducted in conjunction with the accredited UT Southwestern residency program in Internal Medicine, exceeds the training eligibility requirements for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UT  Southwestern was initiated in 2000. Within our nationally ranked Division, it offers a unique and challenging training experience focused on key principles of Geriatrics. Fellows work closely with dedicated faculty in multiple healthcare systems including at the University, the Dallas VA Medical Center and a large safety net hospital. The comprehensive curriculum utilizes expert faculty and a high faculty to fellow ratio to promote a robust learning and teaching environment. We emphasize patient safety and quality, innovative models of care, and cultivate future leaders in academic and clinical Geriatrics. This structured curriculum includes electives to allow each fellow to explore their specific interests and equip them to achieve their future career goals. Fellows play an integral role in our Division's mission to provide excellent patient care and educate medical students and junior trainees. The innovative delivery sites and models of care in our program include Ambulatory Care, Assisted Living, Home-Based Primary Care, Hospice, Long Term Care, Geriatric Assessment, Perioperative Care with the Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health, known as the POSH program and the Acute Care of the Elderly, ACE Unit that has been nationally recognized in our Magnet designated University Hospital. This hospital is also a Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, NICHE, recognized hospital. Graduates from our program have successfully entered diverse careers including acute care, post-acute care, ambulatory care, home-based primary care and research in both academic and community settings.